Entry Form for the Aurealis Awards – entries open September 1 and close December 14, 2021.
For entries to the Convenors’ Award for Excellence, you must enter using this online entry form – entries open September 1 and close December 31, 2021. Please read the rules for this special award.
Entry Form for the Sara Douglass Book Series Award – entries closed September 30, 2021. Please read the rules for this special award.
How do I enter a work into the Aurealis Awards process, and where do I send my entry form?
For all regular categories, you must enter using this online entry form by December 14 2021 and supply a copy of the work(s) entered to each judge in the relevant category/categories by December 31, 2021. Once you have formally submitted an entry via the online form, the judging coordinator will contact you with the postal addresses for the relevant judges and details for digital submissions. Entries will not be considered unless the entry fee is paid (if applicable – does not apply to short fiction, Children’s, Sara Douglass Book Series Award or Convenors’ Award for Excellence entries).
What works are eligible?
Any work of speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen or permanent resident and published for the first time between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 is eligible to be entered.
Who can enter works?
Anyone can enter a work, however registrants must agree to send or submit a copy of the entered work to each judge in the category or categories the work is entered in. Details of judges postal addresses will be provided after works are registered.
There is no entry fee for the Convenors’ Award for Excellence, the short fiction entries, or entries in the Children’s category. There is a $10.00 entry fee for works entered in all other categories. Note that if you enter a book in more than one fee-paying category, you must pay the entry fee for EACH category entered.
A link to pay the entry fee will be sent to you after you register the entry. The judges postal addresses will not be sent to you until you provide the judging coordinator with proof of payment.
A list of entries appears on the Aurealis Awards website and is progressively updated during the year. Only formally entered works will be considered for the awards.
Can I submit works digitally?
Yes, digital entries are encouraged in all categories. Details of file types (epub or mobi files) and where to send them will be provided after works are registered (and if required, paid for).
Online entries for the Aurealis Awards must have been lodged via the online entry form by midnight 14 December 2021. Copies of entered works must be received by the judging panels at the addresses provided no later than 31 December 2021.
For the Convenors’ Award for Excellence please read information and access the entry form for this award on the Rules and Conditions page.
The Aurealis Awards 2021 are for works of speculative fiction by authors, editors and illustrators, who are Australian citizens or permanent residents, first published in English between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021.
Finalists will be announced on the website in March 2022, and the winners announced at a ceremony time and place to be advised.
By entering a work in the Aurealis Awards process, you undertake to supply a copy of the work to each of the judges of the relevant category/categories, i.e. you’ll need to supply copies of the work for each judge in each category entered.
Works may be entered in more than one category, but we encourage you to only choose the most relevant, rather than make across-the-board, blanket entries. Note that each entry into a fee-paying category will incur an entry fee.
All judges accept digital copies of entries. File types (epub and mobi) and where to send them will be forwarded to you after entry (and payment, if required).
The Aurealis Awards always aim to be as inclusive as possible. If you are aware of any work that should be entered in the 2021 process but which does not appear on the list of entries please contact the judging coordinator with details so we can encourage the author/publisher to enter it.